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Content Area Multi-Sensory Teaching for Students w/Special Needs (K-5)

As your classroom becomes more diverse, are you finding it increasingly difficult to meet the needs of your students, especially those with learning disabilities? Perhaps you are concerned because your diverse students just don't seem to be "getting it" no matter what you try. This online course is designed for K-5 teachers who wish to explore methods for incorporating a variety of multi-sensory strategies into their teaching repertoire in an effort to help those students with special learning needs. Teachers will be introduced to the basic outline of multi-sensory teaching, and will learn a variety of strategies to "meet students where they are" in terms of their visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile learning preferences in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Teachers will also learn how to integrate the arts in multiple ways in order to support these learning preferences. By the end of this course, teachers will feel more confident implementing a variety of multi-sensory teaching techniques into their classrooms so their most at-risk students can succeed. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"The content and resources from this course are invaluable. I will use many of the tools, strategies, and knowledge I received from this class. This was the BEST course yet!" - Barbara Leahy


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $112 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $284


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

Building on the Strengths of Students with Special Needs” by Toby Karten

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 113T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC40269

Unit One

  • Introduction to Multi-Sensory Teaching
  • The Benefits of Multi-Sensory Teaching
  • Integrating the Arts
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Visual Strategies for Reading
  • Visual Strategies for Writing
  • Visual Strategies for Math
  • Assignment #2: Article/Video reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Auditory Strategies for Reading
  • Auditory Strategies for Writing
  • Auditory Strategies for Math
  • Assignment #3: Share Your Expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Kinesthetic Strategies for Reading
  • Kinesthetic Strategies for Writing
  • Kinesthetic Strategies for Math
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Tactile Strategies for Reading
  • Tactile Strategies for Writing
  • Tactile Strategies for Math
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Integrating the Arts During Reading
  • Integrating the Arts During Writing
  • Integrating the Arts During Math
  • Assignment #4: Create multi-sensory content area lesson plans
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)